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CardShark Content - Tey Junyuan (1/24/2006)

What if I were to tell you that Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
allows you to have the benefits of Recurring Nightmare
Recurring Nightmare
Recurring NightmareSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Sacrifice a creature, Return Recurring Nightmare to owner's hand: Put target creature card from your graveyard into play. Play this ability as a sorcery.
and Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the FittestSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
G, Choose and discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
all in a simple Stronghold common card for just fifty cents a copy? What would you do? If I am not wrong, the majority of you reading this would just scroll down to the end of this page to give me an abysmal rating before castigating me in the comments section. Alas, I cannot blame you. You see, I was once one of you, an individual who looked past the deceptively simple design of Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
. It was a twist of fate that, upon the arrival of Ravnica, made Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
a very fearsome enchantment in the Peasant Magic environment.

The entire deck revolves around Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, a one black mana enchantment that allows you to discard a creature card from your hand together with the activation of one black mana to get back any creature of your choice from your graveyard to your hand at instant speed. At first glance, this may seem like a silly enchantment that continuously gives you Raise Dead
Raise Dead
Raise DeadSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Bring one creature from your graveyard to your hand.
effects. That was what I thought so until Ravnica came along with dredge and transmute effects. The dredge cards that stood out to me at that time were Golgari Brownscale
Golgari Brownscale
Golgari BrownscaleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
and Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
. Their ability to fill a graveyard while at the same time fueling your Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
activation is vital. The only transmute card that not only caught my eye but shocked me with its common rarity was Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
. Being a creature that can Tutor for anything with a converted mana cost of 4 is big news, especially when you consider Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
in the picture to help you continuously recur it for further Tutoring. Not only that, Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
is also able to hold its own as an efficient 2/3 attacker with fear and regeneration. One thing to note of here is that you can use the guard’s “sacrifice a creature to regenerate it” ability anytime you want as long as you have a creature in play and not just when it is about to die.

The entire deck functions to help you search for answers to different combat situations with the help of Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
and a wide array of utility creatures. Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
combines two mechanics, dredge and transmute, into one powerful deck that offers resistance to a wide variety of decks in the peasant Magic arena. With that said, I shall present to you the deck list.

22 lands
11 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
9 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
2 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


26 creatures
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

3 Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling

3 Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

3 Golgari Brownscale
Golgari Brownscale
Golgari BrownscaleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

3 Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

3 Spore Frog
Spore Frog
Spore FrogSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Frog
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.

1 Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

1 Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.

3 Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.


8 spells
4 Kodama’s Reach
3 Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

1 Evincar’s Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.


4 enchantments
4 Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.


Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
– A very good chump blocker and excellent mana fixer and accelerant

Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling
– good for swampcycling and providing a massive body for finishing

Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
– great for aerial and ground defense while providing a means of digging through your deck for answers with Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
and its dredge mechanic.

Golgari Brownscale
Golgari Brownscale
Golgari BrownscaleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
– insane with Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
when you have one in hand and one in your graveyard for some life-gaining action for every black mana you tap. Another means of dredging your deck for answers with Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.


Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
– Tutoring card for your 4 mana utility guys. Helps to bring some damage on the ground as an attacker

Spore Frog
Spore Frog
Spore FrogSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Frog
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
– combat damage prevention

Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
– creature removal

Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
– enchantment and artifact kill

Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
– finisher

Evincar’s Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
and Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
– mass removal

Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
– Tutors for Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.


Kodama’s Reach – mana production and accelerant

Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
– the engine


In the early game, Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
acts like Recurring Nightmare
Recurring Nightmare
Recurring NightmareSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Sacrifice a creature, Return Recurring Nightmare to owner's hand: Put target creature card from your graveyard into play. Play this ability as a sorcery.
, recurring your mana enablers like Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling
and Tribe Elders to ramp up your mana production or just simply recurring Spore Frog
Spore Frog
Spore FrogSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Frog
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
s and Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
to keep the opponent’s offense at bay. Once you get a dredge creature in hand or a Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
, Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
takes on a whole new role as a poor man’s Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the FittestSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
G, Choose and discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
. For every dredge made, it fills the graveyard with more creature options from which to cherry-pick with Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
. There is no need to go crazy with the dredging just to get all the creature types in your graveyard. A lot depends on the combat situation at hand and since Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
helps to Tutor for the 4 mana one-ofs in the deck, a single Guard in the graveyard is enough to get the toolbox options open.

Against aggro decks like affinity or goblins, getting Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
, a dredge creature, and a House Guard in the graveyard with Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
in play is more enough to stop the rush. Constant dredging of the Imp or Brownscale will get Spore Frog
Spore Frog
Spore FrogSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Frog
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
and another Brownscale in for some mad life gaining to blunt the attacks. Against control decks, being aggro and able to exhaust his creature kill or counter magic is what Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
does best. Constant recursion of Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and other big beats like Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling
helps to frustrate the control player.

To play this deck requires the opening hand to have a Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
or an Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
and at least two mana sources, one green for mana production and fixing with the Tribe-Elders and Kodama’s Reach. In the early game, having green mana is important as it helps to get the rest of the mana going. As the game progresses, black mana becomes more important as it is needed for Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
activation, Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
’ activations and House Guard transmuting. Evincar’s Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
is brutal against Elf Clamp and goblins especially when one is able to pay the buyback cost. With Elders, swampcycling Abomination
Abomination
AbominationSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Abomination
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
Text:
At the end of combat, destroy all green and white creatures blocking or blocked by Abomination.
s and Kodama’s Reach getting the mana up and running, hitting seven mana is no problem. But that is not the main point of this deck. The main focus is to get Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
out as soon as possible to get the madness and insanity going.

The sideboard consists of this list of 15 cards
Sideboard
3 Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s
1 Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

1 Golgari Brownscale
Golgari Brownscale
Golgari BrownscaleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

1 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Circle of Protection: Artifacts
2 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.

1 Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.

4 Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

1 Spore Frog
Spore Frog
Spore FrogSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Frog
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.


Against goblins – -1 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
, -1 Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
, +1 Circle of Protection: Red, +1 Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
. Basically Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
and Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
mean bad news for gobbo fans since most goblins have a butt size of only 2. As long as you have Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
out with Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
recursion going, the offense should be blunted. The Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
s not only help you to get Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
out, it also gets Circle of Protection: Red out to put out any enthusiasm. Your opening hand should have a Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
or Rats, together with an Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
or a Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
. Unlike affinity, goblins are not very synergistic with each other although they are fast. A well-timed mass removal spell should be enough to stem the tide. Goblin versions with Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
s are not much problem as although they have the card advantage, constant mass removals do them more harm than good even with Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
fueling their hands. The only way for them to beat you is with beatdown and probably burns like Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
and Goblin Grenade
Goblin Grenade
Goblin GrenadeSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin to have Goblin Grenade deal 5 damage to one target.
. Other than that, they have no way out. This is different from affinity because it can go combo with Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
, Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
an Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
for the win or just simply beatdown. Affinity is much more dangerous with more options.

Against affinity - -2 Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
, -1 Evincar’s Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
, -3 twisted abominations, +1 stinkweed imp, +1 golgari brownscale, +2 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
s, +1 spore Frog, +1 Circle of Protection:artifacts. This is the hardest matchup which you can ever face. We are talking affinity here, and even though peasant affinity does not have ravager and the like, it is allowed to run 4 copies of Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
! Any body will tell you that Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
is pure insanity with affinity as the speed and card advantage will be hard to stop. But that does not mean it is beyond your ability to win confidently. Stinkweed imp and golgari brownscale are gold against the robotic army while Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
is nekrataal for affinity, often becoming a two for one with it morphing to take out a myr enforcer and then chump blocking to take out a Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
or archbound worker. Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
gets you not only Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
but also Circle of Protection: artifacts. Your opening hand is like the standard opening hand with Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
with Kodama reach or sakura tribe elder. It is important to ramp up enough mana for Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
and COP:artifacts to be useful. It is useless to have an anti artifact spell in hand but without any means to progress the mana production fast enough. This is different from goblins as affinity is much faster, as such the game plan must be well thought out in advance. Mass removals are useless here, as although Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
s, workers and ornithopters are weeny in butt size, it does not really solve the case against myr enforcers.

Against elfclamp - -1 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
, +1 Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
. This is your best matchup of the peasant metagame decks here. The most important to note of here is that although elfclamp lacks the brutal speed and firepower of affinity and goblins, it still packs a wallop once Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
hits the table. So the question that most of you are having now is, why only 1 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
maindecked? The reason is simple, mass removal. Unlike goblins and affinity, elves have a much smaller butt of usually only 1. Timberwatch elf can only use its ability on one target and even then, it can only use it when it has shaken off summoning sickness. Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
and Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
do more damage to elves even if Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
is on the table for the very simple reason that it cannot keep the creatures long enough to use it. Even if they do manage to get something going, it is usually fruitless with all the mass removal going on with Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
turbo charging your Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
for maximum damage. The only way they can defeat you is with beatdown. If they cannot get their little armies going, there is no way you can lose.

Against MBC - -3 Spore Frog
Spore Frog
Spore FrogSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Frog
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
s, -3 Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
, -3 Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
, -1 Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
, +1 Brownscale, +4 Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, +2 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
s, +3 Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
. MBC or otherwise known as Coffer king controls the game with effects like Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.
and Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
before charging up a Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.
and then blasting away with a mega Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
, Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.
or Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
. The key here is to stop them with hand disruption like Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
and Vigilantes for Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
and game stallers like Cemetery Gate
Cemetery Gate
Cemetery GateSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Protection from black
. Your mass removals are practically useless here as most versions of Coffer King close to no creatures at all. Even then leaving one lone copy of Evincar’s Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
should be enough for assurance. Your plan is to get a Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
or some beats on the table as soon as possible to frustrate their controlling elements before putting down a Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
to fully exhaust them. By making them use their Drains and Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
against your creatures instead of you means that you have successfully deviated them from their game plan. This should give you enough time to get your own game plan of getting a Tortured Existence
Tortured Existence
Tortured ExistenceSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
B, Choose and discard a creature card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
out on the board to fully take control.

Against Isoburn - -3 Spore Frog
Spore Frog
Spore FrogSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Frog
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Spore Frog: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
s, -3 Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
, -3 Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling
s, -1 Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
, -1 Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
, +2 Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
s, +1 Brownscale, +4 Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, +1 COP: Red, +2 Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s, +1 COP: Artifacts. Isoburn has no creatures to speak of except to burn you to the ground continuously with Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
and burn. Hence the removal toolbox of creature kill with discard, artifact kill, beats and the MVP, COP: Red. Your opening hand should have either an Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
or COP or some form of fast beatdown in hand or some discard. The Tutor gets you the COP to get rid of the heat from red sources or from the Scepter. The beatdown tries to divert the attention of the burn away from you while the discard lets you alleviate the situation a little better by checking out his hand

I hope you will give this deck a try, as it is really cheap to make in reality. I spent a total of just 12.50 bucks on the main deck and sideboard and have never regretted it since then. Even if you hate the money spent, then try it out on MWS or apprentice and let me know what you think on the forums.


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